A La Carte Activities
We have created a wonderful list of attractions, mini-tours, and excursions which are not a part of our standard city tours but which you can easily add to any general city tour. You can also choose several of these a la carte attractions and create a custom city tour based on your unique interests. Please contact us for more details and will gladly assist you in creating your own customized city tour in St. Petersburg.
* Ananov Jewelry Shop which is the private property of Mr. Ananov. He tries to follow Faberge’s ideas in his pieces of art: pendants, eggs, earrings, little statuettes, brooches etc. Nobody expects you to buy one of his pieces — they are extremely beautiful as well as extremely expensive — but we are sure you’d like to share our admiration of them. And, who knows? You might just be tempted.
* The Museum of Musical Instruments collection is the biggest in the world and it is a paradise for music lovers. You will not only see many unique instruments (including one that was invented by the American president Mr. Franklin Roosevelt) but hear how they sound…. And in addition they have a very specific exhibition devoted to Russian Tsar’s and Tsarina’s hobbies: the collection of their private musical instruments. Actually each Russian Tsar and Tsarina played some musical instrument – you will learn all about their infatuation with music.
* The St Petersburg Porcelain Factory was founded many years ago – in 1744 by Elizabeth the beautiful daughter of Peter the Great. Even now the best possible gift from St Petersburg is a cup and saucer (or small tea/coffee service) from this factory. Prices vary from very cheap (which doesn’t mean poor quality) up to very expensive. On the fourth floor, above the porcelain shop there is a porcelain museum…. Since the foundation of the factory a specimen of each piece of porcelain which was ever produced by the masters of the factory has found its way to the museum (and you can order a copy of, for example, a Golden dinner service of her Majesty Maria Fyodorovna). We can organize a visit to the factory for you – but let us know in advance, please.
* Stroganov’s secret wine cellars – located in the basement of his beautiful palace. Between ourselves, the count was very fond of both beautiful women and exquisite French wines and this found its reflection in a big wine collection and tiny, cozy underground rooms which he shared with his numerous mistresses…Above there is the most expensive, exquisite and beautiful restaurant in Russia, ”Ampir”, where, if you wish, you can dine in the evening. The excursion is free (but not the restaurant!).
* Attend an evening service at the Kazan Cathedral, light a candle and listen to the choir, while an expert guide explains just what Russian Orthodoxy is all about.
* Browse the souvenir markets for soviet memorabilia or Russian ice hockey team shirts, perhaps some KGB stickers, or a matroshka doll in honor of the President.
* Go shopping for top-shelf fresh caviar, super cheap DVDs/CDs and software.
* Climb the colonnade of St Isaac’s Cathedral or the bell tower of Smolny cathedral and get the big picture- not for the faint of heart.
* Get your portrait done in Russian cartoon style in just 15 minutes- or get your complete family painted into a matroshka collection.
* Visit a banya, try a Russian massage with birch branches – you will feel like a newborn baby after that. We know the best places-all very clean and extremely safe.
* Visit the ever poignant Blockade Memorial to the heroes of the defense of Leningrad in WWII. Get a lecture on the most extraordinary tale of human endurance and bravery in which over 1,500,000 Leningrad citizens died.
* Visit the Circus. All performers guaranteed cuddly and talented.
* Spend at least 1.5 hours in The Hermitage – even if you hate museums.
* Try fresh baked Russian pies called “Pirogi”.
* Treat yourself to ice-cold vodka and fresh Beluga caviar.
* Buy tasty Russian chocolate or an exotic fish to take away at the stunning Yeliseev delicatessen.
* Walk through the Summer Garden listening to jazz music while learning about the sculptures.
* Meet Mr. Lenin. Yes. We have serious connections.
* Play an evening game of chess with the locals in the Ekaterininsky Garden in the land of Karpov and Kasparov.
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